“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The last piece of a believer’s armor is their sword. It is the Word of God; the Bible … the Sword of the Spirit. I affectionately refer to my small New Testament as my dagger. You cannot effectively utilize it without reading it. Just like you cannot find your way from point A to point B without studying a road map (with all apologies to the GPS Navigation Systems liberally used today), you cannot know how to ward off your enemy without the Word of God embedded in your heart and mind.
While it should be obvious that the Armor of God listed here in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is figurative in nature and not literal armor that we must put on, it paints a perfect picture in the believer’s mind of what each piece can and will do for you if you take full advantage of them. Note that only one piece of your armor is offensive in nature. The rest is to protect you.
James 4:7-8a (TNIV) “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
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